Opportunity to Attend a Hands-On Clinical fMRI and Diffusion Tractography Course


May 3-5, 2017

24 CME and 3 SAM credits

Course Director: Andrei I. Holodny, MD

Conference Location:

Weill Greenberg Center
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
1305 York Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10065

Course Overview:

During most MRI procedures, there is no need for interaction between the administrator of the test and the patient. The situation is quite the opposite in functional MRI (fMRI), where the neurological status of the patient must be assessed; an appropriate paradigm must be selected based on the neurological assessment and prior MRI examinations. Further, the paradigm must be delivered to and successfully performed by the patient while in the MRI machine. In addition, there is a rather complicated analysis of the fMRI and diffusion tractography data, which must be performed and assessed. How to properly perform these tasks is often not addressed during residency and fellowship training or in annual scientific society meetings.

Target Audience:

Clinicians involved in fMRI, including neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and neurologists.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental principles behind fMRI and diffusion tractography
  • Choose the optimal fMRI paradigms appropriate for the patient and clinical situation
  • Deliver fMRI paradigms correctly and monitor the patient for adequate compliance
  • Hands on experience so that the attendee will be able to analyze fMRI and diffusion tractography
  • Understand how data is delivered to a neurosurgical navigational system and used by the neurosurgeon
  • Avoid pitfalls in the interpretation of clinical fMRI and diffusion tractography
  • Optimize fMRI billing and coding

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. and fMRI Consultants LLC. The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:

The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure:

It is the policy of the International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support to CME activities. All faculty participants in iiCME programs are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to this meeting or its content. Faculty disclosure forms are included in the course syllabus for participating review. In addition, faculty disclosure will be made at the beginning of each lecture.

Course Director
Andrei I. Holodny, MD
Chief of Neuroradiology and Director of the fMRI Laboratory
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Founding President of the ASFNR

Course Co-Director
Douglas Ballon, PhD
Professor of Medical Physics
Weill Cornell Medical College

Cameron Brennan, MD
Attending Neurosurgeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Robert Young, MD
Attending Neuroradiologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
A John Tsiouris, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Kyung Peck, PhD
Associate Professor, Chief Physicist, fMRI Laboratory
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Rebecca Jones, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College/NY Presbyterian Hospital
Center for Autism and the Developing Brain
Nicole Brennan, BA
Neurodiagnostic fMRI Specialist, fMRI Laboratory
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Scientific Agenda

Wednesday, May 3
8:00 Introduction to fMRI – A. Holodny
9:30 Patient preparation – N. Brennan
10:00 Functional brain anatomy – A. Holodny
11:00 White matter tract anatomy – R. Young
11:30 fMRI paradigm design – N. Brennan
1:00 Lunch
2:00 fMRI hardware – K. Peck
3:00-5:00 fMRI at the scanner – N. Brennan

Thursday, May 4
8:00 Methods of analysis – K. Peck
9:00 Diffusion tractography – R. Young
10:00 Fact/artifact – A. Holodny
11:00 Traumatic brain injury – A.J. Tsiouris
12:30 Resting State fMRI – A. Holodny
1:00 Lunch
2:00-5:00 Practical fMRI data analysis

Friday, May 5
8:00 Pediatric fMRI – R. Jones
9:00 Neurosurgical applications-fMRI – C. Brennan
10:30 Case review and SAM – R. Young
12:00 Case review – N. Brennan
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Case review – A. Holodny
2:30 Coding and billing – A. Holodny
3:00 Brain MR perfusion – R. Young
3:30 Spine MR perfusion – A. Holodny
4:00 Questions and answers – Faculty
5:00 Course ends


Registration fee is $2,000. Registration is limited to enhance the individualized attention from the faculty and hands-on experience, so please register as soon as possible.

Two options to register and pay:

Register and pay by check:
Please complete the form below and return by fax (917-432-2345) or e-mail fmri.ah@gmail.com

  • Last Name First Name MI Highest Degree
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Fees: $2,000

Please make check payable to:
fMRI Consultants LLC
63 Prospect Street
Demarest, NJ 07627-1023

Register and pay by PayPal:
Go to: http://www.fmri-course.com/apps/webstore/products/show/6595902
Or go to our webpage: http://www.fmri-course.com/

Full refunds, less $200 administrative fee, will be granted to those providing written notification of withdrawal with at least 30 days notice. After that date, no refunds will be given.

For further information please contact:

Andrei Holodny, MD

Course Hotel

We have been able to secure reduced rates at the:

PHONE: 212.644.6000 | FAX: 212.207.4800

Rate for Superior King: $259.00 plus tax per night. This is at a substantial discount.

These rates are available for the course dates (May 2-6, 2017).
The cut-off date to book will be April 4, 2017.

Reserve your room: https://make-reservations.com/web/en/choose-room/BEN/2017-05-02/2017-05-06/FMRICO/BEN/Bentley-Hotel

Opportunity to Attend a Hands-On Clinical fMRI and Diffusion Tractography Course
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